Asked on Jul 13, 2013

Growing Basil

Gwendolyn SchillingDon Goldwyn360 Sod (Donna Dixson)


Does anyone know what to do with the flowers that grow straight from the tops of the Basil plant, should they be pinched off or left to grow, also what is Bt and where to get it, thanks.
4 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 13, 2013

    BT is short for Bacillus Thuringiensis. You can find it at any Garden Center, or HomeDepot type store, or on line. I carry the Bonide brand under the name Thuricide. If you have African Basil you can leave the blooms on, otherwise you need to pinch them off in order to keep the basil from getting bitter.

  • Gwendolyn Schilling
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Thanks Donna for your help. I'm not sure of what type of Basil I have, it has little white flowers growing from the top. What is to be done with the pinched parts?

  • Don Goldwyn
    on Jul 25, 2013

    You should always cut off the flowering stalks as soon as you recognize they are growing. Once your basil plants set seeds, the plants will die. You can collect the seeds, though and sow them in your garden and you\'ll get lots of healthy new basil plants. Be sure to pinch them back regularly and be sure to pinch out the flowering stalks whenever they appear. Hope that helps!

  • Gwendolyn Schilling
    on Jul 26, 2013

    Don, thanks so much for the info, it certainly does help =)

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